International accelerator programmes

Participate in an accelarator programme in your target market to validate your product-market-fit and to create contacts to potential investors, partners and customers. Tekes can fund part of the participation costs.  

Who can apply?

Small and medium-sized companies entering global markets. A suitable company 

  • is aiming at scaling up international business rapidly
  • has a product ready for a launch
  • has a dedicated team (at least two of the founders work full-time)
  • is looking for private investments

Tekes funding

SMEs can apply for Tekes funding to cover part of the participation costs of the international accelerator programmes. The funding application has to be submitted to Tekes before the beginning of the programme. The participation fee is an eligible costs only, if the company has not paid it before submitting an application to Tekes. 

Tekes funding is De minimis aid covering 50 % of the project's overall costs. 

How to apply?

  • Submit the application to Tekes, after you have been accepted into an international accelerator programme
  • Make the application in Tekes Online Service by using the application form for Kiito funding. Kiito application form is available after selecting "SME" as an organisation type.
  • Write the name of the accelerator programme as a reference 
  • Eligible costs include salaries, indirect personnel costs, purchased services and other costs. 

More information

Mari Isbom
Senior Adviser
Tekes, Helsinki
tel. 029 50 55859

Thuong Tan (Tonxu)
Cooperation Coordinator
Tekes Palo Alto
tel. +1 408 464 2988

deadlines 2017


Y Combinator
Deadline: Was March 24, but they are still accepting applications

500Startup Series A Program
Deadline: Application is now open

Blackbox Connect 19
Deadline: Open now
Starts: August 14.-25.2017

Disney Accelerator
Deadline: April 24, 2017

Deadline: May 6th
Program starts: August 10th

Nordic Innovation House - TINC
Deadline: May 22nd
Starts: October 16. - November 10.2017

Land In Chicago
Deadline: June 15th
Program starts: August 14th

Plug and Play Tech Center
Health & Wellness Accelerator:
Deadline: June 15th

Salesforce AI Incubator
Deadline: Next application opens in June 2017


COMB+ & Pivot5 Sino Track
DL: 12.7.2017, Program 21.- 25.8.2017, Beijing, China